Nation's First Male Hooker: I'm Just Like Rosa Parks
'Markus' begins work at a Nevada brothel
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 4:50 PM CST
"Markus" will be working at the Shady Lady Ranch brothel in Nevada.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The nation's first legal male prostitute is about to set up shop at a Nevada brothel, and he tells Details that this is no trivial matter. "It's just the same as when Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front instead of the back," says 25-year-old Markus (his working name). "I'm actually standing up now, and hopefully I can be supported by the male community and be understood as a person. This actually isn't about selling my body. This is about changing social norms."

Those who want to help change the world will have to pony up $200 per 40 minutes, but this is a ladies-only offer. "My sphincter isn't for sale," he says. "But what is for sale is companionship—total appreciation for whoever walks through that door." Markus, who prefers the term "gigolo" to prostitute, says he actually doesn't have much sexual experience, though he has done a few adult films. "This is much different. It's closer and more personal."